Feb 24, 2013 - By Randy Tucker, Staff WriterA streak came to an end Saturday morning at Wolverine Gym in Riverton. The Wyoming Indian High School girls fell 58-54 to Rocky Mountain and were eliminated from the Class 2-A West regional tournament.
The Chief girls had qualified for the state tournament a dozen straight years before Saturday's elimination.
The loss was an especially painful one because the Chiefs had ample opportunities at the free-throw line but converted just 13 of 34 attempts from the stripe.
Scoring from the floor was identical, with Rocky and Wyoming Indian both hitting 19 field goals and a single 3-pointer.
The difference came at the line. The Grizzlies didn't shoot well either, but they did sink 17 of 34 attempts, just enough for the win.
Wyoming Indian appeared sluggish in the opening minutes as Rocky built a 6-0, lead but the Chiefs roared back on the play of Loveeda White and Brindi Lock, knotting the game at nine on a Lock's post-up and following foul shot.
Seven ties or lead changes highlighted a tight second period that ended in a 21-21 deadlock at the half.
Shauna Loman opened the third period for the Grizzlies with Rocky's only 3-pointer ,and the Grizzlies bumped their lead to 28-23 on a wild shot off the glass from Rachael Allred. T
he shot inspired Rocky Mountain's shooting, and they entered a hot streak for the remainder of the third, hitting six of seven shots from the floor as the lead grew to eight.
Wyoming Indian's tournament tradition is among the best in the state, and the girls rallied behind Lock in the paint and a trey from White to close to four points.
Jasmine McGill hit a follow shot, and Jocelyn Underwood tied the game at 41, then gave the Chiefs their first lead of the second half with a second free throw.
After final tie at 42, Rocky Mountain's Kallee Wilson began to take over the game. The wide-shouldered Wilson powered her way inside on repeated quick drives that ended in either layups or free throw attempts. S
he hit three baskets in the final minutes and converted five of her final six free throws. The only stop came when Lock swatted one of Wilson's close-range shots off the south wall of Wolverine Gym with 1:04 left to play.
Rocky built a 58-50 lead with 30 seconds remaining. A four-point flurry by Alyssa Trosper closed the gap but couldn't send the Chiefs to Casper.
Wyoming Indian head coach Aleta Moss has been a fixture at the state finals for two decades with a pair of championships in 2003 and 2004 and many other trophies.
The Chiefs graduate seniors Jocelyn Underwood, Kanani Washakie, Jacinta Goggles and Chardale Brown.
WYOMING INDIAN 10 11 11 22 - 54
ROCKY MOUNTAIN 9 12 17 20 W22; 58
Wyoming Indian - Sierra Pingree 1-2 1, Brindi Lock 6 3-6 15, Kanani Washakie 1 0-0 2, Loveeda White 6 (1) 2-8 17, Rhiannon Mitchell 1 2-6 4, Jocelyn Underwood 1 2-8 4, Jasmine McGill 2 1-2 5, Alyssa Trosper 1 2-2 4. Totals 19 (1) 13-34 54
Rocky Mountain - Mandee Leonhardt 1 3-5 7, Brianna Hocker 3 4-11 10, Rachael Allred 2 0-0 4, Kallee Wilson 5 7-10 17, Hanna Winland 1 1-2 3, Shauna Loman 7 (1) 2-5 19. Totals 19 (1) 17-33 58
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